The Shetland series is a bestselling, critically-acclaimed series of crime novels by Ann Cleeves, which has also been made into a hit TV series on BBC One starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez. Set in the isolated Scottish Shetland isles, Detective Inspector Perez and his police colleagues become entwined in the tight-knit island community as they investigate mysterious disappearances, murders and the darkest secrets of Scotland's most northerly isles. The first novel in the series, Raven Black, was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel. Ann also writes the Vera series which has been made into a popular detective drama on ITV1, starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope of the Northumbria Police Force. In 2012 Ann was inducted into the Crime Writer's Association Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame.